As per a report from the Sun, new West Ham boss David Moyes has identified Olivier Giroud as a priority signing for the Hammers.
West Ham’s change at the helm
Former Manchester United and Everton boss Moyes was officially unveiled as the new West Ham manager last night.
Manuel Pellegrini was dismissed on Saturday, as a 2-1 defeat to a weakened Leicester City proved the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Chilean in London.
Moyes was subsequently unveiled less than 24 hours later, in an announcement across the capital outfit’s social media platforms:
We are pleased to confirm that David Moyes has returned to the Club as first-team manager. pic.twitter.com/Y2fxo5hTCE
— West Ham United (@WestHam) December 29, 2019
The Scot’s appointment marks a return to the London Stadium for Moyes, after he previously guided the club away from a relegation battle during the 2017-18 campaign.
Giroud on the move?
And, as per the aforementioned report from the Sun, the 56-year-old is already eyeing reinforcements to his new squad.
Chief among Moyes’ targets, meanwhile, is Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
French hitman Giroud has majorly struggled for game-time to this point in the campaign.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has settled firmly on Tammy Abraham as his first-choice centre-forward, with Michy Batshuayi now also seemingly ahead of Giroud in the attacking pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
This has seen the former Arsenal man notch just 2 Premier League starts thus far in 2019/20.
This is far from ideal for Giroud, with the veteran no doubt desperate to secure more regular game-time ahead of next summer’s European Championships.
As such, a January move to West Ham, where he would compete with the struggling Sebastien Haller for a spot in the Hammers’ starting XI, could well appeal to Giroud.
West Ham will back David Moyes to lead them out of trouble – with Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud top target https://t.co/9gWUZHg5ra
— The Sun – West Ham (@SunWestHam) December 29, 2019